NEW PORT RICHEY
Mother and daughter face theft charges
A woman accused of stealing hardware from Lowe's wanted to use the proceeds to bail her boyfriend out of jail — but she ended up behind bars herself. The Sheriff's Office also says Sheila Darlene Green, 8209 Monarch Drive, enlisted her daughter in the scheme.
According to reports, Sheila Green, 50, stuffed $329 worth of hardware into her purse on Tuesday and left the Little Road store without paying. Her daughter, Stacey Lynn Green, 21, returned the merchandise for a gift card, then pawned the gift card, the reports said.
Sheila Green tried the same thing again but was detained by store security, the reports said. Both women were charged with retail theft and scheme to defraud.
Stacey Green also was charged with possession of marijuana after deputies found a bag in her car.
Sheila Green told deputies she wanted to use the money to pay bills and get her boyfriend out of jail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
City balks at raised costs from SPCA
In the end, the SPCA Suncoast's proposal to provide animal control services just cost too much. The SPCA raised its proposed annual contract to $168,000 — up from $35,000 — to better cover the cost of handling stray and abused animals in New Port Richey.
But City Council members Tuesday evening said that wouldn't fly in these tight financial times. Instead, council members asked City Manager Tom O'Neill to negotiate a contract with Pasco County Animal Control. The price tag is not yet determined, but officials said Tuesday it would be around $75,000.
Pasco pays for its animal control services with the county's sales tax proceeds, not property taxes, so city residents would not be paying twice for the service.
Council splits dredging project
Two weeks after an engineering firm terminated its dredging contract with the city, officials voted to split the project between Banks Engineering of Sarasota and Taylor Engineering Inc. of Jacksonville.
In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the City Council directed Banks to work toward obtaining a permit on canals 1 to 25, and Taylor to work on a separate permit for canals 12 and 30.
The two firms are replacing PBS&J, who ended its contract after the city received a letter of completion from the state Department of Environmental Protection on canals 1 to 25.
Officials said Banks' experience with large-scale dredging projects qualified the firm to tackle the big permit package, while Taylor's experience with problematic canals — 12 and 30 have seagrass issues — made it a good candidate for the smaller package.
City officials recently withdrew a third permit for canals 27 and 28, citing water quality issues. They hope to reapply for that permit at a later date.
Old Post Road homes get boil water notice
The city issued a precautionary boil water notice Wednesday for about 25 customers along Old Post Road after a disruption in water service.
Maintenance crews had to turn off the water to replace a meter in the line, the city utility department said. Customers should boil all water for drinking or cooking or use bottled water until tests show the water is safe to drink.
Another boil water notice, issued May 8 for 25 to 30 customers on Green Street, was lifted Wednesday after tests showed the water was safe.
For information, call the city at 816-1903.